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Ancient tomb in Peru built to flood

Posted on Monday, 10 September, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Galilei


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Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient tomb with a basement designed to intentionally flood.

In 2011 the team had found the remains of a pre-Inca priestess and eight other corpses in the tomb, however it wasn't until they dug a little deeper during a new archaeological dig at the site that they unearthed the 800-year-old basement underneath. What makes the find so unusual is that the basement appears to have been designed specifically to let in water, likely in accordance with the beliefs of an ancient water cult.

"This is a very valuable finding," said excavation director Carlos Wester La Torre. "The amount of information of this funerary complex is very important, because it changes [what we know of] the political and religious structures of the Andean region."

"Continuing their search for artifacts a year later, the team dug beneath the priestess, uncovering a basement tomb they believe was built by an ancient water cult and meant to flood."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Paracelse on 10 September, 2012, 13:25
Wow they knew Indiana Jones and George Lucas would be interested!
Comment icon #2 Posted by csspwns on 11 September, 2012, 2:51
no i think that they just suck at building basements
Comment icon #3 Posted by Quatchi70 on 11 September, 2012, 14:58
That's what happens when you hire labour from the Home Depot parking lot.
Comment icon #4 Posted by regeneratia on 20 September, 2012, 22:59
WOW, my mind went places on this issue. I was most happy and most enlightened, the closest to the source, living over the Ogallala aquifer. So then I wondered if some kind of aquifer influenced Sedona, which I have been to about 5 times. It appears that the northern most point of the Arizona aquifer just borders Sedona. Living over the Ogallala, I felt like I glowed sometimes. My beloved, now-deceased minister sure noticed it. Of course, there are the hotbed of Creationists living over the Ogallala too. Hmmm! But you place this article with lots of use of underground water in places like the E... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hilander on 20 September, 2012, 23:55
I think they understood the importance of water. In ways they were right about the dead becoming a seed and sprouting life. Things will grow better with something dead buried in the soil.


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